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Better Root Cause Analysis Yields Effective Ergonomics Controls

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: AIHA
By: Rick Barker, M.A., CPE, CSP, Senior Director of Solution Strategy , VelocityEHS and Kristi Hames, CIH, CSP, Senior Solutions Strategist, Industrial Hygiene, VelocityEHS

Safety and quality management systems have demonstrated that root cause analysis is a necessary precursor to identifying effective ergonomics solutions. There are several approaches an ergonomics team can use to help determine the actionable data to highlight the causes, such as:

  • Gathering operator insights on typical and atypical work processes
  • Identifying the most impactful risk factors in a job
  • Linking risk factor exposure to specific elements within the job
  • Applying root cause analysis tools


Rick Barker, CPE, CSP, and Kristi Hames, CIH, CSP, will provide examples of industrial settings to demonstrate these approaches, while discussing practical tips that ergonomics teams can use and common traps to avoid.


Learning objectives:

  • prioritize risk factor exposures
  • identify at least three tools that can be used for conducting root cause analysis and communicating the results
  • define causes of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and associated risks more clearly
  • leverage internal continuous improvement resources for ergonomics projects more effectively


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Rick Barker, M.A., CPE, CSP
Rick Barker, M.A., CPE, CSP

Senior Director of Solution Strategy, VelocityEHS

Rick Barker, Principal Solutions Strategist for VelocityEHS, supports the development of software products that empower users to improve their safety, health, and ergonomics performance. Rick also facilitates skill and knowledge-building activities for customers and internal staff relating to safety management systems, industrial ergonomics, human performance, and human factors. He assists clients in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving their ergonomics and safety processes.

Since first joining the company in 1991, Rick has accumulated years of ergonomics and human factors consulting experience. He has also worked in a variety of positions with Inteva Products, Hill-Rom, and Unisys.

Rick holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Factors from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. He served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals. He has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

Kristi Hames, CIH, CSP
Kristi Hames, CIH, CSP

Senior Solutions Strategist, Industrial Hygiene, VelocityEHS

Kristi Hames, Senior Solutions Strategist, Industrial Hygiene at VelocityEHS, supports the development of industrial hygiene and ergonomics software products that empower users to improve their health and safety performance. Kristi assists customers in developing, implementing, evaluating and improving their industrial hygiene and ergonomics processes.

Prior to joining VelocityEHS, Kristi has had 15+ years of experience in managing corporate industrial hygiene and ergonomics programs for a Fortune 500 specialty chemical company. Her responsibilities included the development, implementation, and monitoring of health and safety programs for workplace hazards ranging from manufacturing facilities to office environments. Kristi actively worked with leadership to identify hazards and develop control strategies for future regulatory concerns.

Kristi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene from Ohio University. She has achieved recognition as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and is a member of the AIHA Ergonomics Committee, and the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions Dean’s Advisory Council. 


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